I’m long overdue for some blogging and so, today, I bring you back to my first wedding of the year: Michael and Jessica’s February 12th wedding in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. I have to let you know, it was slightly stressful in the few days leading up to the celebration. I actually thought I wasn’t going to make it at all. Traveling with my friend and talented videographer, Shane, we originally were slated to leave for Cancun on February 9th. With a wild winter storm approaching the New York area, our flights were cancelled well before the snow hit and we didn’t end up leaving until that Saturday, the 11th. The airlines couldn’t even get us on the same flight. It was totally chaotic but we made it with time to spare before the rehearsal dinner.
After dropping our bags and soaking up a little sun, we met Jess and her girls for a quick photo session. This is one of the things I love about destination weddings. I’m not just there to cover the wedding but the entire weekend experience with friends and family. Think of me as a guest who happens to be a professional photographer. How lucky am I?
As with all destination weddings, this one was intimate and incredibly emotional at times. During the best man’s speech, Todd, Michael’s older brother, paused while noting a point about their past. That pause led to tears, not only his but everyone else in attendance; including me. I was literally hiding behind my camera. It’s in these moments, that I’m so lucky to do what I do. Connecting with that very energy that sent everyone into water works is what drives and fills my core, and inspires my work.
Michael & Jessica, thank you so much for having me be apart of something so magical. I wish you nothing but the best!